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We all love the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, but occasionally we yearn for a little bit of peace and quiet. Not to mention this time of year it’s a bit…. bleak, isn’t it? So instead of heading down to the local beer Hơi this weekend, why not head somewhere quiet outside the city to see what Vietnam has to offer outside of Sa Pa and Ha Long Bay? Here are my 5 favorite spots that are close enough to get to this weekend for a day or two: …Continue
Posted on April 15, 2017 at 4:22pm
A Mai Chau day trip from Hanoi wasn’t on my original list of places I wanted to see in Vietnam. Sapa, however, was. I wanted to see the bright green terraced rice paddies that the area is known for. Even more, I wanted to experience the lives of the minority tribes who live in the SaPa Valley and its surrounds.
It’s a reasonable distance out to Sapa from Hanoi, and whilst that didn’t…Continue
Posted on April 11, 2017 at 1:08pm
We couldn’t have picked our time to stay in Mai Chau any better. After spending time in some of the major cities like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, the lure of lush green rice fields and rolling mountains was just the tonic.
Vietnam is a relatively flat country, with only a few regions boasting mountains. On a trip that has so far seen the smog of the city, the fierceness of an ocean being swept up by a typhoon thousands of kilometres away, and the serenity of the Mekong, staying in the…Continue
Posted on March 24, 2017 at 12:02pm
Beyond the luxurious accommodation, grounds and restaurant, the Mai Chau Ecolodge has a pool with deckchairs that invite you to fully sprawl out, and a Thai massage centre to ensure you fully unwind. A expert massage and a swim are always relaxing, but when practiced in paradise they can elevate you to a new level of zen. Set against Mai Chau’s stunning mountain backdrop, a swim here promises an unforgettable experience. I tried at first to swim my usual twenty lengths but ended up stopping…Continue
Posted on February 12, 2017 at 9:30pm